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Obituaries/Memorial Project / Arlen Lyle Greathouse Obituary
« Last post by Dawn Watson on August 15, 2010, 08:25:43 PM »
The obituary for my father:  Arlen Lyle Greathouse, 78, of Lake Charles, LA died at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 16, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Greathouse was born January 15, 1932 in Lake Charles, LA, where he lived most of his life. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of LaGrange Senior High School and a graduate of McNeese State University with his degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked at PPG for forty-two years, spending over twenty years in the Environmental Department. Mr. Greathouse was a member of Sale Street Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and gardening, especially tending to his daylilies.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Elouise D. Greathouse; daughters, Dawn Watson and husband James of Lake Charles, Tamara Greathouse of Newark, DE, and Caprice Miller and husband Chuck of Sykesville, MD; son, Eric Greathouse and wife Dana of Sugarland, TX; sister, Sarah Brasher; brother, Carroll Greathouse and wife Judy, all of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Mr. Greathouse was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Bessie Greathouse; sister, Betty Young; and brothers, George and Lawrence Greathouse.

His funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverends Steve James and Shawn Simmons will officiate. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.
Queries / Re: William Walter Greathouse
« Last post by diannemil on August 15, 2010, 03:29:38 PM »
I also am a descendent of William Walter Greathouse.  My Grandmother was Jewel Greathouse, born to Zachariah Benjamin and Susan Hilliard Pinkard in ALA.  Unfortunately I have no additional information on WW than what you have described.  If you'd like to connect, write me back.

Sign Our Guest Book / long time gone
« Last post by jc greathouse on July 05, 2010, 11:48:57 PM »
I found this site a few years ago and liked it. For some reason ,I don't know what,I never came back to it, now I'm back.My name is James Cecil Greathouse originaly from Thomaston Georgia.I now live in Kissimmee Florida.My e-mail address is, My immediate family Is mostly from Upson & Talbot counties in West Central Georgia.I hope to be able to research my family history in more detail than I have.
General Discussion / Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775
« Last post by Rick on July 03, 2010, 04:40:41 PM »

Some of you may be aware of the partial extract that someone has posted on a RootsWeb message board which is titled, "Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775".


It does not take much to determine that the extract of names from the payrolls shared there would only be a partial extract of a much larger collection of payrolls which are available as digital images online at the Library of Virginia website. In fact there are 530 digital images available containing payrolls of soldiers who served in various militia and ranger companies which was raised from both Pennsylvania and Virginia during 1774 from the events which led to Dunmore's War and the signing of the Treaty of Camp Charlotte, which was instrumental in opening up Kentucky and western lands for settlement.

The full collection of 530 digital images comprising the Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775 are available at the following link:

We of course are looking at the rolls of:

Captain Michael Cresap Jr., he appears to have raised this company from Frederick County, MD in late Feb or early Mar 1774. Upon the roll of this company, was Sergeant Daniel Greathouse. This roll would appear to represent Daniel's service for about 60 days in Mar and Apr 1774, prior to his involvement in the massacre at Yellow Creek. Based on statements made after the massacre in letters written by Captain Michael Cresap, Jr., it would be reasonable to think, based upon military justice that Daniel Greathouse would have, at least, been demoted and perhaps thrown out of Michael Cresap Jr's Company for his conduct during the massacre at Yellow Creek, which appears to have been the case, based upon Captain Hancock Lee's roll.


Captain Hancock Lee, he was commissioned by Lord Dunmore of Virginia and raised his company from mostly fellow Virginians who had settled at Pittsburgh and the surrounding area along the Ohio River. His area of recruitment could have extended as far east as the Monongahela River, except for Virginians who had settled east of said river.

It is important to note that the Pennsylvanians, who had settled east of the Monongahela River, which was the western bounds of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at the time... [throughout the ongoing struggle over the border disputes between Pennsylvania and Virginia, along with increasing hostilities with the Indians, which were mostly provoked by the Virginian militias which were mustered by John Conolly, who was Lord Dunmore's, Governor of Virginia, agent at Pittsburgh]... remained staunchly loyal to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with some exceptions where known Magistrates and residents of Westmoreland County, PA demonstrated dual allegiance to Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Upon the roll of Captain Hancock Lee, were named Private Daniel Greathouse and Private John Greathouse. Daniel and John Greathouse appear to have enlisted in Lee's Company prior to said company's march under the command of Major Angus McDonald, leaving Wheeling on 25 Jul 1774, on what was known as the Wacatomica Campaign. Wakatomica, the Shawnee town on the Muskingum River, being 90 miles away, being the objective point.


Daniel Greathouse, probably of Baltimore or Frederick County, MD settled at Mingo Bottom, along the Ohio River at present-day Folansbee, WV in 1771. Based upon John Greathouse's deposition given in 1803, at Charlestown in Brooke County, VA regarding Beard vs Henderson, 1801, where he stated that Daniel Greathouse improved and settled land in the Mingo Bottom in 1771.

John Greathouse, probably of Baltimore or Frederick County, MD, produced a certificate from the commissioners for 400 acres on Harmons Run to include his settlement made in the year 1774. Also another for 400 acres on Crosses Creek to include his settlement made in the year 1775 [Yohogania Co. VA Land Entry Book, certificate #86 & 87].


Captain John Wilson, being the son of George Wilson, Esquire, who was one of the Magistrates of Bedford County, PA in 1771 and then Westmoreland County, PA in 1773, appears to have been commissioned by Arthur St. Clair and his father, to raise a company of Pennsylvania Rangers from Point Marion, Westmoreland County, PA and the surrounding area. Due to the tyrannical usurpation of the rights of the legitimate Magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA and numerous attempts by John Conolly to prevent those Magistrates from conducting the business of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania according to the orders of John Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania... along with numerous attempts to arrest the legitimate magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA, by John Conolly, his agents and militia captains, it would seem very unlikely for Captain John Wilson to have recruited men who had demonstrated their allegiance to Virginia.

Therefore, it would be very unreasonable for us to think that any Greathouse men, he recruited to join his company, would have been Virginians, who were living on the waters of the Ohio River, in the area west of Pittsburgh and west of the Monongahela River. However, Benjamin Tomlinson was named as Captain Wilson's Lieutenant, along with Joshua Baker as one of his Sergeants, so questions remain how, for example, Benjamin Tomlinson, a known settler of Grave Creek and Joshua Baker, if he was the one who had settled in the area of Yellow Creek, were appointed to Captain John Wilson's Company.

Upon the roll of Captain John Wilson, were named Private William Greathouse and Private Jacob Greathouse. William Greathouse was paid for 166 days of service under Captain John Wilson in Oct 1775. Jacob Greathouse was paid for 153 days of service under Captain John Wilson in Oct 1775.

On 1 Nov 1774, after receiving reports from Arthur St. Clair, head Magistrate of Westmoreland County, PA, and others about General Lewis's victory at the Battle of Point Pleasant on 10 Oct 1774 and that Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia, was in treaty negotiations with the Indians which resulted in the Treaty of Camp Charlotte being agreed to and signed on about 19 Oct 1774... the Pennsylvania Assembly voted that all Pennsylvania Rangers who had been mustered for service in the three ranging companies, which they had authorized Arthur St. Clair and his fellow magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA to raise for the purpose of defending the western frontier against Virginian usurpation of Pennsylvania's right to govern the residents of their province and against Indian hostilities, were to be discharged immediately. They also appointed commissioners to settle the payroll accounts to ensure that all Rangers were paid for their service and all magistrates and residents were reimbursed for their support of the Ranging Companies.

Based upon the days served for William Greathouse and Jacob Greathouse, along with the discharge date which was decreed by the Pennsylvania Assembly, again 1 Nov 1774, the approximate enlistment dates for William Greathouse and Jacob Greathouse in Captain John Wilson's Company can be determined.

William Greathouse, served 166 days. He enlisted on: Cal 19 May 1774. He was discharged on: 1 Nov 1774.

Jacob Greathouse, served 153 days. He enlisted on: Cal 1 Jun 1774. He was discharged on: 1 Nov 1774.

Coincidentally, both of their enlistment dates agree with several letters between Arthur St. Clair and John Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania, where St. Clair informed the Governor and the PA Assembly that he along with several Magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA, had taken it upon themselves to raise Ranging Companies, for the purpose of defending Pennsylvania's western border and residents against usurpation by John Conolly's armed militias stationed at Pittsburgh and Indian hostilities, which were for the most part instigated by the Virginians who were residing in the area of Pittsburgh and along the Ohio River.

Based upon all the evidence presented above, it appears very plausible for William Greathouse, a known resident of Brothersvalley, Bedford County, PA,  from 1771 through 1773 and of Turkeyfoot Township, said county and state, in 1774, to have enlisted in Captain John Wilson's Company of Westmoreland County, PA Rangers, on about Cal 19 May 1774.

In about Oct 1776, William Greathouse of Turkeyfoot Township, Bedford County, PA, saw his son, John Greathouse enlist as a private in Captain Kilgore's Company of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, which was commanded by Colonel Aeneas Mackay, Lieutenant Colonel George Wilson and Major Richard Butler.

Regarding Aeneas Mackay, Esquire, he was a Magistrate of Westmoreland County, PA, as staunchly loyal to the Pennsylvania Assembly, as was George Wilson, Esquire. In April, 1774, Captain Connolly, with his Virginia militia, interrupted the sessions of the Pennsylvania court at Hannastown and arrested the three Pennsylvania justices who lived in Pittsburgh. These were Andrew McFarlane, Devereux Smith and Captain Aeneas Mackay. They were taken as prisoners to Staunton, VA, and there detained four weeks, until released by the order of Governor Dunmore.
Obituaries/Memorial Project / Obituary | Sharon Kay Greathouse
« Last post by Rick on May 06, 2010, 05:49:19 PM »

Sharon Kay Greathouse, 63, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 20, 2009, at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born July 25, 1945, in Richwood, to the late Stanley and Marie Cummings Boggs.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.  She was a homemaker and worked at BF Goodrich for 4 years.  She was a member of the Nazarene Church, most of her life, where she played piano.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Richwood, since 1994, where she played the piano and Organ. She raised African Violets, was
a master pianist, organist and quilter.

Survivors include husband, Paul Richard Greathouse of Richwood, two sons, Richard Ivan Greathouse of Clendenin, W. Va., Raymond Andrew Greathouse of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada; brother, Deward Boggs of Richwood; sister Janet Collins of Richwood; and granddaughter, Josie Mae Greathouse, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Services will be held Sunday, July 26, 2009, at 2 p. m. at the Richwood First Baptist Church, Richwood, with the Rev. Timothy Skaggs officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 6 - 8 p. m. in the Simons-Coleman Funeral Home Richwood.
Arrangements are by Simons - Coleman Funeral home Richwood
Obituaries/Memorial Project / Obituary | Zadia Dale Greathouse
« Last post by Rick on May 06, 2010, 05:43:14 PM »
Zadia Dale Greathouse, 86, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2010, in Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood.

She was born April 14, 1924 in Orma (Calhoun County), W.Va., to the late William Bartlett Price and Vietta Boggs Price.

She was a member of First Church of God, School Street, Richwood.

She worked at the News Leader and Hillbilly in Richwood for 22 years. She was also a homemaker.

Survivors included a son, Paul Richard Greathouse of Richwood; grandchildren, Richard Ivan Greathouse of Clendenin, W.Va. and Raymond Andrew Greathouse of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada; and great-granddaughter, Josie Mae Greathouse.

Services were held Monday, May 3, 2010, at the First Church of God with Pastor Phyllis Bowling officiating.

Interment was in the Richwood Cemetery, Richwood.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
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« Last post by hmcurtis on April 22, 2010, 12:01:43 PM »
     I am descended from Herman Groethausen. My family name is Clark, however I can trace my lineage back to Herman and his wife Mary. My line of descent is:

Herman Groethausen (1670-1743 + Mary (1671-?)
   Henrich Henry Groethausen(1695-1745) + Ann Puffin Pippen (1698-1745)
       Harmon Greathouse Sr. (1720-1782) + Mary M Stull (1724-1793)
          Susannah Greathouse ( 1759-1839) + Van Swearingen (1754-1839)  
              [Susannah and Van were cousins, their Mothers were sisters]
              Rachel Swearingen ( 1791-1851) + David Van Cleave (1787-1852)
                  William Harmon Van Cleave (1834-1906) + Priscilla Pressly (1841-1879)
                     I have TWO lines of descent from William, his son, William K.* and his daughter,
                      Anna Mary** { one *= William K's line/ two ** = Anna's line}
                      *Willam K Van Cleave (1862-1936 + Isadora Cox ( 1864-1945)
                           *Viola Van Cleave (1896-1975) + Albert L. Clark (1888-1955)
                             * Berthal Ray Clark (1920-1986) + **Hilma D. Hestenholtz (1929-1990)

                      **Anna Mary Van Cleave (1867-1938) + Michel Englehaupt Jr. (1863-1942)
                           **  Dora Englehaupt (1900-1933) + Harry Kestenholtz ( 1894-1969)
                                    **Hilma D Kestenholtz ( 1929-1990) + *Berthal Ray Clark (1920-1986)
                                              (Hilma and Berthal were second cousins)
                                            Bert Ray Clark (1948-present) + Carol F Duncan (1948- present)
                                                 Me: Heidi Clark (1967- present) + Michael J. Curtis (1970- Present)

I have places of birth, for all of the above people, if it is of interest to anyone. I haven't really done  a lot of research into my Greathouse family yet. I have only been working on-line on my family tree since November of 2009. I have found many branches of family I did not know about. This site is great for helping us beginners!
Thank you, Heidi
Most Wanted Greathouse / Harman Greathouse of Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA
« Last post by Rick on April 21, 2010, 05:37:41 PM »
A Harman Greathouse first appeared in Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA, when he was named on the tax list of said county in 1785.


Determining A Time Period of Birth for Harman Greathouse

Based upon the 1785 tax list, an upper limit for the time period of Harman's birth can be determined.

If Harman Greathouse was age 21 or over, when he was named on this tax list, then he would have been born about 1764 or before, which suggests an upper limit for the time period of his birth.

Based upon another event which occurred in 1777, prior to Harman Greathouse being named on the 1785 tax list, a lower limit for the time period of Harman's birth can be determined.

The Pennsylvania Militia was organized under an Act of the Assembly of March 17, 1777 that required compulsory enrollment by constables of all able-bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 53 to repel invaders.

If Harman Greathouse served in the militia, then he would have been born about 1759 or before.

If Harman Greathouse did not serve in the militia, then he would have been born about 1760 or later.

At this time, no records have been discovered which would suggest that this Harman Greathouse served in the militia, therefore a reasonable time period for his birth would be between 1760 and 1764.

Determining Where Harman Greathouse Came From

An article from Penn in Hand, Vol. 21, no. 2 - - June 2000, Tax Records and their Cousins: The PA Septennial Census, online:, states:


Conversely, when someone first appears on a particular township's list, it ordinarily means the person either moved in to the township from elsewhere or that a son of a resident of the township, came of age to move out on his own, either as a resident of said township or perhaps as a resident of a township in an adjacent county.

The appearance of Harman Greathouse in said township and county in 1785 suggests that he either moved in to the township from elsewhere or that as a son of either a resident of the township or a nearby township, perhaps even in an adjacent county, he had come of age to move out on his own.

There appears to be no records for a Harman Greathouse, which suggest that he would have been residing elsewhere, prior to 1785, so until records are found which would suggest that was the case, it would be more reasonable to investigate whether or not Harman could have been a son of either a resident of the township or a nearby township, perhaps even in an adjacent county.

Determining Which Greathouse Residents Of The Area Could Have Been The Father Of Harman Greathouse

The following Greathouse ancestors were known to have been living in the stated township or in a township in an adjacent county by 1785:

1) Mary Morris Greathouse, who had married Andrew McCreary in 1780, after the death of her husband, Daniel Greathouse in late 1777 or early 1778, appears to have been residing with her husband, Andrew McCreary, who was taxed as resident of Wharton Township in 1785. Source:

The court case recorded in Bourbon County, KY, Gabriel Greathouse vs Andrew McCreary, Mary McCreary, Richard Morris and others, strongly suggests that Gabriel Greathouse was the son and soul heir of the estate of Daniel Greathouse, deceased. So Daniel Greathouse would not have been a plausible candidate to have been the father of Harman Greathouse.

2) Elizabeth Greathouse, born about 1741, probably in Philadelphia. She had married Jonathan Hill about 1779?. She appears to have been residing with her husband, Jonathan Hill, who was taxed as a resident of Wharton Township, on the same page as Harman Greathouse in 1785. Source: The Migration Path of Harman Greathouse of Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA

In 1787, a Harman Greathouse was taxed in Washington County, Fayette County, which would be near present day Belle Vernon, PA.

Queries / Jesse Greathouse/Elizabeth Long
« Last post by Leslie525 on April 07, 2010, 09:13:31 AM »
I would like to connect with any descendants of Jesse Greathouse (b. Oct 1840) and Elizabeth Long.  He was the son of Samuel Greathouse and Sudna Tanner.  I believe the children of Jesse and Elizabeth are John, Samuel, Cordelia and Sunda.  I descend through Cordelia and her husband, George Harris. 

Leslie Webb McKusker
Woodbridge, VA
Greathouse Orphans / Greathouse inquire
« Last post by Tricia Mickey on April 05, 2010, 11:16:44 PM »
I am trying to research the following- please help
Eufrates Y Greathouse (b 1864-06-30 Kentucky d 1919-12-19 Oklahoma
mar. Joshanna Holliman (b 1873-05-22 Arkansas d 1928-08-01 Oklahoma)
Freddy Y Greathouse (b 1895-03-01 Ark. d 1956-01-27 Ark.
mar. Heddy Myrtle Davis 1916-12-23 Ark. (b 1898-09-08 Ark d 1967-05-31 Ark)
Marcus S Greathouse (b 1923-07-01 Oklahoma d 1997-10-08 Yuba City CA)
mar. Arbutus V Hosley Davidson (b 1920-10-01 Kansas d 2001-06-18 Yuba City Ca)
Cassius Faye Greathouse (b 1942-10-01 d 2001-06-18 USA)
Then me Patricia Jane Greathouse Mickey, please help
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